Changing lives in Wales.

Newid bywydau yng Nghymru.

LtL Cymru

LtL Cymru is the Welsh programme of LtL, the UK charity dedicated to enhancing outdoor learning and play for children.

LtL Cymru yw rhaglen Gymraeg LtL, yr elusen yn y DU sydd wedi ymrwymo i wella dysgu a chwarae yn yr awyr agored ar gyfer plant.

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What do we do?

We enrich the lives of children in Wales by increasing opportunities for healthy exercise, creative play, making friends, learning through doing and getting in touch with the natural world.

Where possible we encourage young people to have a say in the way their grounds are used and improved. As a result they learn to create and look after something valuable; their self-esteem grows and their behaviour improves, along with their potential to learn and achieve.

We achieve this by:

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Working alongside schools and nurseries to help them implement practical development projects that transform their outdoor spaces and their children’s school experiences.

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Enabling schools and settings across Wales to develop and use their grounds creatively through training programmes, advisory visits, inspiring resources in print, film and online, membership support services and bespoke support of local authorities and other partners.

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Advocating the importance to children of quality outdoor spaces and experiences in their schools and nurseries.

The difference we make

Our surveys of schools that have improved their grounds demonstrate the benefits:

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Our achievements

Thousands of children across Wales have been encouraged and supported to get outdoors to play and learn as a result of LtL Cymru’s work. Working alongside the Welsh Assembly Government, Countryside Council for Wales and other partners we have:

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Learning Leaders

Led on embedding outdoor learning and play in the Foundation Phase in Wales. Through creation of the Outdoor Learning Module and capacity building with FP Training Support Officers, we have been instrumental in the encouragement of good practice in outdoor play and learning across the Welsh early years sector.

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Encouraging Improvement

Produced a comprehensive guide to help early years settings develop the quality of their outdoor spaces for learning and play. Hard copies of the 88 page bi-lingual publication have been distributed to 3,000 primary and early years settings throughout Wales: a downloadable version and further supporting resources are available free to all Welsh early years settings here.

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Training Giants

Trained thousands of early years practitioners, teachers and education advisors across Wales through high quality training events at national and regional levels. Our training events are highly rated by participants who value the inspiring and practical nature of our training. Our training modules can be adapted for different settings and situations.

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Inspection Quality

Equipped Estyn inspectors with the know-how to evaluate the quality of outdoor learning and play.

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Raising Awareness

Raised the profile of outdoor learning and play through the Welsh educational press.

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Giving Advice

Developed an advisory visit service for schools and settings across Wales, giving them access to on-the-ground advice and support to improve their outdoor spaces for learning and play.

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Supporting Schools

Provided support to hundreds of schools and settings across Wales through our membership support programme. In addition to support and advice by phone and email, we provide bimonthly mailings full of inspirational and practical applications and online access to a comprehensive resource bank – find out more about membership.

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Contributing to Research

Contributed significantly to the Outdoor Learning Handbook, published by the Welsh Assembly Government, providing practitioners with practical support on integrating outdoor learning into their teaching.

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Innovative Thinking

Ensured that the quality of outdoor spaces for learning and play is integral to the 21st Century schools programme of school building and refurbishment. We supported the all-Wales survey of schools to ensure that the condition and suitability of school grounds was a fundamental part of the survey (including training the surveyors and developing a school grounds audit tool) that will be used to inform the capital programme priorities.

Combining forces

At the same time as all of the above, we have also developed effective partnerships with a wide range of organisations including:

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